Monday, August 31, 2009

What's the Plan?

Two weeks to go in the legislative year and we are still no closer to having an actual "plan" for getting California to the 33% renewable energy mandate that Gov. Schwarzenegger laid out in his Executive Order last November.

Stakeholders are locked in intense negotiations, with no signs that a compromise is imminent.

Writing in the San Deigo Union Tribune, Michael Gardner breaks down the political positions and the sticking points. Primarily it comes down to the impact on ratepayers (i.e., how much bills are going to go up and what, if any, legislated caps will blunt those raises), infrastrucuture construction, and crediting out of state renewable power purchases.